It just occurred to me that since Varric’s interrogation takes place in the Hawke estate, presumably Cassandra would have searched the place top to bottom before they let him in there

and now I’m dying because just imagine her walking around looking for serious evidence and instead she finds the cheerful obscenities Isabela carved into the stairwell, why are there handprints on the chandelier, how does the Champion of Kirkwall have ‘101 Things You Can Do With A Phallic Tuber’ in his bookcase, are you telling me this guy lived here for SEVEN YEARS and he still hasn’t got any curtains

and then someone screams from the kitchen because as it turns out Sandal had been keeping a secret nest of salamanders in between the pots and pans in there and one has latched itself onto someone’s nose 

and it’s only the beginning of Cassandra’s no good, very bad night

11:08 am, by vaguely-concerned 25

The first Bioware game I ever played - not knowing what the hell a ‘Bioware game’ even entailed - was Jade Empire. My copy of Jade Empire was hopelessly, almost comically bugged. It would freeze during most important cut scenes, the graphics would suddenly go all wonky, sometimes the times I had to reload before a scene went through reached the fifty mark. And I played that game start to finish THREE TIMES. I fucking loved it. I wanted all of it. I had no idea that lo, out there there was more and it was going to swallow up all my free time in seven years time, leaving me quietly cooing over turians. 

If you imagine twelve year old me restarting her X-Box for THE FORTIETH TIME to get through that scene where you meet Sagacious Zu in his fucking swamp of hermitude or whatever, you’ll realize why I was such a fool when I thought ‘but hey I could just play games casually, it doesn’t have to take up a lot of my time’ when I bought a used X-Box 360 this March. 

12:20 pm, by vaguely-concerned 1


bye zevran we’ll see you in the next dragon age game

11:03 pm, reblogged  by vaguely-concerned 4177

In-depth Dragon Age Ask Meme


I just kind of… skipped the ask part of the ask meme. I have too many DA feels, okay. I need to let some out.

ORIGINS: The Warden

  1. Character names, appearance and respective origins. (Backstory and more elaboration on their personal origin is optional)

Sophia Amell. Dark skinned (with no real evidence in canon I like to imagine that the Amells have some Rivani blood in them, so I also think of Hawke as darker than the default), auburn hair in that same weird ponytail-that-isn’t-trying-hard-enough hairdo as Wynne, with a narrow, almost childish face. I know you can’t vary the body shapes, but in my head she’s short - pretty much a head shorter than anyone who isn’t a dwarf - and petite in the way of someone who has been able to lift anything she’d like with her mind since she was a kid.  

Having lived most of her life in the Circle, she barely remembers her mother and is only vaguely aware that she may have siblings. She’s still definitely an Amell, though - in my personal canon I love the idea of a family of snarky dorks inadvertently changing the fate of the world  now and then just by being in the wrong/right place at the right/wrong time - like there’s nothing really special about them, there’s not a drop of royal blood in there, just a tendency towards magic and the kind of so-sharp-you’ll-cut-yourself cleverness that isn’t actually all that useful, and they attract ~*destiny*~ like karmic sponges.Sshh just let me have this.

A visual aid: she looks something like this:


dorking around on laundry day with the boyfriend <3

  1. Class?

Spirit healer plus eh I don’t really remember right now but I’m a mage so it’s awesome no matter what


  1. What’s their personality like?

Imagine a slightly mellower Snarky Hawke with a strong intellect but very limited experience with the real world. (You won’t believe how much fun I had trying to match them up. Dem Amells.) She’s also surprisingly unsentimental, cheerfully atheist and has a slightly sinister knack for compartmentalization that let her thrive in the weird and contradictory community that is the Circle of Magi. She’s been telling authority figures with enormous power over her fate what they want to hear for most of her life; her default approach to social interaction is pretty manipulative. (She gets along famously with Wynne, as you can imagine) The only time the mask cracks is during the Search for the Sacred Ashes, when the ghost of Jowan asks if she regrets snitching on him - there’s definitely something darker and stranger under there when she tells him that those things are hers and hers alone. (Where my Hawke is sad under the humour, my Warden is unsettling and stark)

I really loved the point Anders makes in DA2 about how the Circles treats mages like children their entire lives, so I also tried to give her a slightly childish streak - she latches on to reasonable authority figures as parental substitutes very quickly, and sometimes she covers up her uncertainties with bravado, five-year-old style.

I wanted to think through what growing up to succeed in the Circle would do to someone when I played her; it was a lot of fun. I imagine she feels a certain amount of… bewilderment mixed with scorn, maybe, for Jowan, who never had her ability to play the game and she just doesn’t get why he’s being stupid about it, because it comes naturally to her. By inference you could safely say she’d feel the same way about Anders’ escape artist stunts while they’re both in the circle - it doesn’t change anything in the long run, and just makes sure the other mages are hardly let outside anymore. Genuinely friendly but not necessarily nice, in other words.

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08:34 pm, reblogged  by vaguely-concerned 1621

I’ve been making a lot of those fake iphone conversations for DA2 these last few days

still not sure if this is the best or the worst thing I’ve ever done

11:08 am, by vaguely-concerned

Please, consider the following…


  • Old God Baby with Alistair as the father.
  • OGB with Alistair as the father who grows up to take after Alistair more than Morrigan.
  • OGB making awkward, self-deprecating jokes around cute village girls/boys until Morrigan catches him at it and gives him a lecture on the proper application of sarcasm.
  • "Wit is a weapon, not a shield. If you aren’t using it to cut, then don’t use it at all.”
  • "And you’re rambling again, what have I said about rambling?"
  • OGB just wanting to shapeshift into cute, friendly things like rabbits and Labradors.
  • OGB hiding behind Morrigan’s skirt when he’s little.
  • "But, mooooom, I don’t want to have a grand and terrible destiny and change the shape of reality as we know it! I’d rather…just …sing!
  • OGB being a follower and a good guy like his dad instead of being some super-cool, pseudo-evil badass. <3
  • OGB being a follower and a good guy like his dad AS WELL AS being a super-cool badass (but that badassery only comes out sometimes, and most of the time he’s a big ol’ softie) <3<3<3
  • Morrigan’s reaction to OGB becoming more and more like Alistair as he gets older.
  • "What did I ever do to deserve this?"
  • "Oh… right."
10:32 pm, reblogged  by vaguely-concerned 987


dude, what if a prince is cursed to be a dragon but instead of being upset by it, they’re like ‘hell yeah i’m a dragon’ and they spend weeks finding the perfect decrepit castle to haunt and try to convince their fiancé to be a princess in the tower ‘just for like a week’ and everyone is like ‘we can break the fucking curse’ and the prince is like ‘but i’m a dragon.’

11:38 am, reblogged  by vaguely-concerned 94740



The line is in the game for RP reasons. Not all Hawkes need be socially conscious or sensitive to others. Some might not cope well with loss, possibly stemming from their own losses, some of which are recent and could leave their defenses down.

Plus, the Hawke family canonically has two mages to three mages, possibly including Hawke themselves. In all probability, this entails a life largely on the move, and one in which few close friendships would’ve been established. Indeed, Hawke might’ve had little experience having to deal with outsiders at all, at least not on a regular basis, all of which can translate into poor people skills.

Or Hawke could just be the sort of person who can’t handle bad situations; such feelings would overwhelm them. So they throw out a joke to mask their real feelings. Better to piss someone else than tap into the depths of sorrow and loss that have followed Hawke around all their life.

And also, playing a purple Hawke doesn’t mean you have to take every purple option in the game. It always rankles me when people write off purple Hawke as pure buffoon or completely callous when the awkward, pained delivery of some of these “jokes” provides more than enough evidence for an alternative interpretation.

(Source: volpestarks)

10:57 am, reblogged  by vaguely-concerned 1699



Elizabeth & Janus: Before I Sleep 

For whoever has read my story Do I Dare Disturb the Universe, Janus is in there because he’s my actual favourite secondary character and I wish we got more backstory for him - he’s the god of gates and change and time and his name ended up taking on the literal meaning two-faced and in some traditions you had to consult Janus before you even approached another god

like there’s a story here

a year later and I’m still trying to make this a thing

09:33 pm, reblogged  by vaguely-concerned 36